The World of the Boulanger Sisters

Jess Dandy and Gavin Roberts


Tuesday 1 August 2023, 5pm


Jess Dandy (soprano)
Gavin Roberts (piano)


Great Hall, Dartington Trust, South Devon


£12 (£6 under 26s)

About this event

Leading contralto Jess Dandy is joined by pianist Gavin Roberts for an afternoon recital in which they bring to life the fascinating world of musical sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger. Their culturally-rich Parisian upbringing created two major influential voices in French music: Lili was a composer, her life cut tragically short, and Nadia was a composer, conductor, and leading pedagogue of 20th-century European music. This programme celebrates the extraordinary impact the sisters had, pairing their own songs with others by Faure, Copland, Horowitz, Thea Musgrave and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.


Lili Boulanger
Le Retour
Dans l’immense tristesse

Nadia Boulanger
Vous m’avez dit
C’était en juin
Roses de juin
S’il arrive jamais

Gabriel Fauré
A Clymène
C’est l’extase
En sourdine

Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Une Charogne

Thea Musgrave
A suite o’bairnsangs

Joseph Horovitz
Lady Macbeth

Aaron Copland
Nature, the gentlest mother is
The Chariot

Dartington Music School School & Festival 2023

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Jess Dandy

Jess Dandy is the foremost British contralto of her generation. Born in Cumbria, she studied Modern & Medieval Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. An alumna and fellow of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Jess has performed with many of the world’s leading ensembles and orchestras: among them the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä; The English Concert/Harry Bicket & Kristian Bezuidenhout; BBC Symphony Orchestra/Dalia Stasevska & Douglas Boyd; BBC Philharmonic/Gemma New, and Dunedin Consort/John Butt & Sir Trevor Pinnock.

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Gavin Roberts

Gavin Roberts enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the recital series Song in the City. He has appeared at The Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Festival, The Ludlow Weekend of English Song, The Ryedale Festival and The Oxford Lieder Festival. He works regularly with soprano Lucy Hall, with whom he was the winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and actor Rosamund Shelley, with whom he performs her one-woman shows Novello & Son and War Songs.Read More

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